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Over 600 Monotype fonts added to Creative Cloud subscriptions

Nice Web Type - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 5:36am

Creative Cloud customers now have access to 665 new fonts from 41 different type families, thanks to new additions from Monotype.

Many of these fonts were designed in the earlier 20th century and have since inspired a number of other typefaces in turn, which makes them valuable to have in your design toolkit. They’ve also seen a number of refinements over the years as they were all gradually adapted into digital type.

In short, we’re happy to add these to your Creative Cloud subscriptions. There’s a lot to browse, so here are a few highlights you might start with.

ITC Benguiat

Yes, it’s the Stranger Things font! ITC Benguiat was also a classic used in a lot of 1980s book covers, and it’s not unusual to catch it in signage today. Designed by Ed Benguiat, this font looks iconic even if you don’t make any further changes to the typesetting.

ITC Avant Garde Gothic

This one also involves the design work of Ed Benguiat, though in this case he was working from original designs by Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnase to expand the font they designed for the cover of Avant Garde Magazine in the 1970s. It’s insanely flexible, with a personality that comes through with thoughtful use of the alternate glyphs.

Gill Sans Nova

Mind the gap! Inspired by the type used in the London Underground, Gill Sans will definitely fit the bill if “midcentury train glam” is your desired aesthetic, but it’s also much more versatile beyond that. In the decades since Eric Gill’s initial work, several other designers have stepped in to design extended alphabets, making this a true typographic system with a Condensed width and even some fun shading and outline variants.

Plantin

This font celebrated its 100th birthday not too long ago, and it still holds up — in fact it was an inspiration for Times New Roman. Named after a 16th-century printer by the name of Christophe Plantin, the original cuts for this revival typeface were made in 1913 for hot-metal typesetting. Now we’ve got the tidy digital version of that.

Rockwell Nova

What would happen if you took a geometric sans typeface like Futura and added serifs? Designers at Monotype posed this question in 1934 and the answer was Rockwell. This has been a popular choice for decades of titles and branding, sometimes used for graceful, organized paragraphs and other times sized up for strong, commanding headlines. It fits right in almost anywhere, especially if you employ the Condensed width for tighter spaces.

Sabon

Sabon was designed precisely to spec, with a series of constraints that might sound pretty odd to type designers today:

  • must work identically for Monotype, Linotype, and manual typesetting systems;
  • no kerning (the letters all completely self-contained, with nary a crossbar bumping into the neighboring letter);
  • italic and bold styles must not take up any additional space;
  • also it needs to look like Garamond.

Lucky for us, Jan Tschichold was up to the task. The typeface released in 1967 ended up becoming enormously popular, especially for book typesetting.

Trade Gothic Next

There’s always a place for a typeface like Trade Gothic in a designer’s arsenal. It’s a go-to for clear headlines and fantastic in infographics. The Soft Rounded option is a great way to scale back if the regular style feels a little abrupt.

These fonts are all part of your Creative Cloud subscriptions now. Some may appear in a font pack in the future, so stay tuned for that — and in the meantime, enjoy getting these into your designs.

New in the library: Midsummer update

Nice Web Type - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 12:22pm

Our team has been bustling about this past month adding new fonts to the library. There’s something to suit nearly any project in this month’s roundup — see for yourself and let us know what you think.

New scripts (and more) with Cyrillic support from ParaType

Kapelka

ParaType has added several new families to the library, all with Cyrillic support — including some handwritten-style scripts, a rare find for Cyrillic type. Zakhar Yaschin designed Kapelka to resemble the effect of writing with a soft pointed brush, and the stylish result is perfect for friendly headlines and would also work nicely for packaging design.

Bowman

Still too formal for you? Try Alexandra Korolkova’s Bowman for something a little different. She designed this to look as though it was written with a marker, and it’s fun to see in use. You’ll find these and many other new scripts on ParaType’s foundry page.

New from Sudtipos

Envelove by Yanina Arabena

The idea of writing letters with an old-fashioned pointed nib sounds charming, until you end up with a hand covered in ink. Yani Arabena took the messy part out of the process for us, and her amazing pointed-nib calligraphy became Envelove — an expressive and spontaneous script font that we’re excited to offer for purchase in our Marketplace.

Speakeasy

Don’t miss the other new Marketplace addition from Sudtipos while you’re in there, Speakeasy. Five variations offer almost every option you might need for stylish design, including a gorgeous script, all-caps wide “Modern” with serifs, and even a sans-serif.

Find these and even more from Sudtipos on their foundry page; we’ve added nearly 100 of their fonts to the library that were previously for additional purchase only. With even more fonts now included with your Creative Cloud plan, it’s a great time to peruse their whole collection.

Fort Foundry ships out Shackleton

Shackleton

Don’t be fooled by the Victorian theme — Shackleton by Brian Brubaker isn’t stiff or stodgy. Rather, it’s ready for stylish adventure; it even comes in four widths for added versatility. The flared serifs add a wonderful quirky edge.

Typefolio adds Obvia

Obvia

Marconi Lima designed nine different weights for powerhouse Obvia, making this a great option for developing a whole typographic hierarchy in your design. He classifies the font as “geohumanist,” meaning that he started with the distinctive square shapes but then refined small details to soften these edges and make the font a bit friendlier for typesetting.

Get IBM Plex

Plex

Plex from IBM is more of a type superfamily, seeing as it contains a serif, a sans, a mono width, and a Hebrew version, each with multiple weights of their own. In fact, we’re thinking this qualifies as a full-fledged typographic system. Now the whole collection is in your library and ready to try out!

That’s it for this month’s roundup. Let us know what speaks to you here!

Emoji, Type Tools, Woodtype & More with Typekit at TypeCon

Nice Web Type - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 6:15am

This year TypeCon celebrates 20 years and the Adobe Typekit team is so there for this party in Portland, Oregon!

Here’s a breakdown of where to find us during the week:

Throughout the Conference

As part of our partnership with the Hamilton Woodtype & Printing Museum we will be supporting an exhibit of 10-12 vintage posters from the museum’s collection. The posters are rare circus and entertainment advertisements made from hand-carved wood blocks that date from the 1930s to the 1950s. They were acquired in 2016 from the Enquirer Printing Company in Cincinnati Ohio. The folks from Hamilton will also be bringing along some original blocks from the collection and printing them during conference breaks for attendees to take home as souvenirs!

Friday, August 3

Around lunchtime, our own Steve Ross will join Wayne Hoang from the Adobe Illustrator and InDesign team to give attendees a sneak peek at upcoming new type tool features.

Friday evening sees the return of the SOTA Spacebar and we’re happy to support this “a game, wrapped in a conversation, finished with a selfie” once again. Complete the challenge for fun prizes!

Saturday, August 4

Don’t stay in , grab some  and , and join us as Paul Hunt kicks off Saturday’s program with “Language, Culture, Emoji” at 9:30 a.m. 

Of course, most of our team will be attending all the sessions and events throughout the week, so look for us and say hello.

New from our Head of Typography: Flexible Typesetting

Nice Web Type - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 7:08am

Tim Brown is one of our most treasured minds on staff, and we couldn’t be happier to see his new book, Flexible Typesetting, released for sale today.

Tim has been with Typekit from the beginning – figuring out type rendering on the web, helping us practice, and exploring new concepts – and in that time he has talked with a lot of people who use type and make fonts. This experience brought Tim to the conclusion that the web has changed typography.

Yes, the green matches on purpose — thanks to Typekit alum Jason Santa Maria.

So he wrote a book about it — available today from our good friends at A Book Apart. Here’s how they describe it:

For the first time in hundreds of years, because of the web, the role of the typographer has changed. We no longer decide; we suggest. We no longer simply choose typefaces, font sizes, line spacing, and margins; we prepare and instruct text to make those choices for itself. In this book, Tim Brown illuminates the complex, beautiful world of typesetting—arguably the most important part of typography because it forms the backbone of the reading experience—and shows us how to parry the inevitable pressures that arise when we can no longer predict how, and where, our text will be read.

Grab a copy today, and keep up with Tim on Twitter, where he offers a few fun pairing suggestions for your next study session.

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